This is a podcast for people interested in building or designing tech products. At least once a week, I speak to product managers, product leaders, product marketers, UX professionals, and anyone else involved in product management and product delivery. Come and listen to some great conversations and get inspired!

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Episode 42 - Design Thinking & Finding the Time for Design Sprints (with Yoav Farbey)

Design Thinking
Entrepreneurship
User Research
Episode 42 - Design Thinking & Finding the Time for Design Sprints (with Yoav Farbey)
7 Mar 2021
An interview with Yoav Farbey. Yoav is a Senior Product Manager at PARK NOW and former magazine entrepreneur, product analyst and product consultant. I spoke to Yoav about his journey, some of the techniques he's learned in his varied career, and how nothing beats a good design sprint (and how to find the time to do one).
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About the Episode

An interview with Yoav Farbey. Yoav is a Senior Product Manager at PARK NOW, an international company aiming to find you parking spaces and ensure you don't have to fumble around for spare change when you get one. Yoav has travelled from Computer Science to foundership, Product Analyst, Product Consultant and now leading teams and pushing design thinking.

We talk about a lot, including:

  • The age old battle about whether "Product Owner" should be a job title of its own, and how it differs from being Product Management
  • Starting his own startup because engineering wasn't for him, how it went and why he called it quits
  • Getting into Product Analytics as a first step, how it helped him be better Product Manager
  • What it was like working for a consultancy, and how he managed to keep engaged when the client relationship is so transitory
  • Using design sprints in the wild, getting engagement and how to get buy in and demonstrate their value
  • What to do when you can't get a design sprint going, and how to use the best aspects in shorter sessions
  • How to help large corporations make products effectively and communicate efficiently
  • How SAFe isn't all that bad really (the humanity!)

And much more!

Contact Yoav

You can reach out to Yoav on LinkedIn or check him out on Medium.

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Episode 41 - Building Your Product Muscles & Developing Strong Product Teams (with Petra Wille)

Authors
Diversity & Inclusion
Product Leadership
Product Principles
Women in Product
Episode 41 - Building Your Product Muscles & Developing Strong Product Teams (with Petra Wille)
3 Mar 2021
An interview with Petra Wille. Petra is a Product Leadership Coach and the author of the new book "Strong Product People - A Complete Guide to Developing Great Product Managers". I spoke to Petra about her journey into Product Management, the principles she lives by, and how she helps drive a strong Product culture. We also talk about not giving up to soon, but knowing when to quit.
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About the Episode

An interview with Petra Wille. Petra is a Product Leadership Coach and author of the new book "Strong Product People - A Complete Guide to Developing Great Product Managers".

We speak about a lot, including:

  • How a desire to affect change at scale moved her away from individual coaching to coaching Product Leaders
  • How she happened upon Product Management by being the best communicator on the development team
  • How a desire for a practical Product Leadership playbook led her to write her own
  • The importance of setting expectations and making incremental progress and not always aiming for perfect
  • The challenges of selling good Product thinking to senior management and some approaches to do it
  • The challenge of getting good management experience and becoming a good people manager without focused coaching
  • Some of the challenges facing women Product Leaders and if it's getting better or worse
  • Whether it's necessary to have a background in development to be an effective PM, or if it's even desirable
  • When to stick at a Product job and try to make it better, and when it's time to leave
  • The importance of making time for people development amongst all of the urgent day-to-day work

And much more!

Buy Strong Product People

Visit the book website at https://www.strongproductpeople.com or check it out on Amazon or Goodreads.

Contact Petra

You can contact Petra on LinkedIn, Twitter or petra-wille.com.

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Episode 40 - Practical Product Management & Demonstrating Product Thinking (with Büşra Coşkuner)

Diversity & Inclusion
Product Leadership
Product Principles
Women in Product
Episode 40 - Practical Product Management & Demonstrating Product Thinking (with Büşra Coşkuner)
28 Feb 2021
An interview with Büşra Coşkuner. Büşra is a Product consultant & coach, advocate of practical Product Management and demonstrating Product principles not just reading them out. We spoke about her journey, the principles she teaches companies and individuals, and her passion for No Code solutions. We also cover some of the challenges of being a Woman in Product, and being an ambitious soon-to-be working mum.
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About the Episode

An interview with Büşra Coşkuner. Büşra is a Product Consultant & Coach who works with organisations and individuals to embed Product Management principles.

We speak about a lot, including:

  • Practical Product Management - you can't learn all of the frameworks
  • How her experience in Berlin helped but also hindered her move to a different working culture in Switzerland
  • The challenge of the acronym "MVP" and how no two people think it means the same thing
  • Companies where leaders don't have product thinking or worse still think they have product thinking
  • The importance of demonstrating product thinking not just talking about it and being idealistic
  • How important No Code solutions are for the Product community and what they unlock for busy Product teams
  • The challenges of being a woman in tech and seeing things in retrospect, and her trepidation of being a working mum

And much more!

Contact Büşra

Aside from her adventures on Clubhouse, you can reach out to Büşra on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Episode 39 - The Need for Diverse Perspectives in Product Development (with Candice Poon)

Diversity & Inclusion
Women in Product
Episode 39 - The Need for Diverse Perspectives in Product Development (with Candice Poon)
26 Feb 2021
An interview with Candice Poon. Candice is a Program Manager for Microsoft, working on Microsoft Edge. She recently came to the attention of the Twittersphere when she was blocked from signing up to Clubhouse due to her name, which kicked off further discussions about diversity and building inclusive products. We speak about the scale of the problem, attitudes to it, and potential solutions.
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About the Episode

An interview with Candice Poon. Candice is a Program Manager at Microsoft (which is really a Product Manager at any other company) working on Microsoft Edge. Candice recently caused a stir on Twitter when she tweeted about her experience being prevented from signing up to Clubhouse because of her name. 

We speak about a lot, including:

  • What it's like working for Microsoft and ensuring Internet Explorer stays in its coffin
  • Whether being called a Program Manager is confusing and whether she still gets invited to Product Manager parties
  • How she felt being blocked from signing up to Clubhouse and whether it's happened before
  • How Clubhouse responded and whether the response was satisfactory
  • Some of the reasons why people have blind spots when developing  products and what we should do to fix them
  • How Microsoft are promoting diversity & what's left to do 
  • The importance of mixing tech and non-tech skills to further diversify your experience

And much more!

Contact Candice

You can reach out to Candice on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Episode 38 - Effective Hiring for Product Managers & Building Diverse Teams (with Kate Leto)

Authors
Communication
Diversity & Inclusion
Neurodiversity
Product Leadership
Women in Product
Episode 38 - Effective Hiring for Product Managers & Building Diverse Teams (with Kate Leto)
23 Feb 2021
An interview with Kate Leto. Kate is a product consultant and author of "Hiring Product Managers: Using Product EQ to go beyond culture and skills", a book that she hopes will revolutionise hiring practices and ensure that product teams are set up for success. We talk about some of the themes from the book, and how to incorporate neurodiversity into the mix.
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About the Episode

Kate is a consultant who advises organisations how to build Product teams and practices. She is also the author of "Hiring Product Managers: Using Product EQ to go beyond culture and skills", a book that aims to help hire effective Product leaders in the first place, or develop Product leaders that are struggling to make an impact.

We talk about a lot, including:

  • How her experience hiring Product leaders helped her write a book about it, and how hard it was to keep it succinct
  • How hot shot VPs / Heads of Product can fail if they rely too much on technical skills, and how as an industry we focus too much on hiring for them
  • How long to stick with Product leaders before having that difficult conversation about their next move
  • How new leaders often aren't set up for success through lack of coaching, and just left to get on with it
  • The importance of a shared understanding of what the job role entails, and not just copying and pasting job descriptions from Google
  • The problem with "Cultural Fit" and how you need different puzzle pieces and not a stack of the same
  • How neurodiversity fits into a high EQ world and how to adapt hiring processes to cater for different ways of thinking
  • What progress we've made with advancing women in Product Management, and what hasn't changed at all

And much more!

Contact Kate

You can catch up with Kate on LinkedIn or Twitter, or on kateleto.com.

Buy Kate's book

If you like the sound of Kate's book, why not go and buy it?

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Episode 37 - From Management Consultant to Product Manager (with Deepti Tadala)

Diversity & Inclusion
Getting into Product
Product School
Technical Product Management
Women in Product
Episode 37 - From Management Consultant to Product Manager (with Deepti Tadala)
21 Feb 2021
An interview with Deepti Tadala. Deepti is a Technical Product Manager with Synacor and former Management Consultant with Deloitte. She talks about her journey into Product Management, how her Deloitte experience did and didn't help, the importance of public speaking skills, and how Products by Women has supported her in her career.
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About the Episode

Deepti is a Technical Product Manager with Synacor, a technology firm based in upstate New York, and a former management consultant with Deloitte. She's also a Founding 200 Member at Product School, former Content Lead for Products by Women, and a member of Toastmasters International.

We talk about a lot, including:

  • The difference between Technical Product Managers and non-Technical Product Managers
  • The importance, even as a TPM, of having close contact with customers and considering the market
  • How working as a Management Consultant for Deloitte prepared her for Product Management, and how it didn't
  • The troubles of getting that first Product Management job when racing against the immigration clock
  • Learning to be a Product Manager and the importance of walking the walk
  • Her passion for education and using her story to inspire others and pay it forward
  • The importance of learning public speaking skills even if you don't want to speak publicly
  • The importance of having a platform for women to share experiences and support each other
  • Her power morning schedule and what it helps her to achieve

Contact Deepti

You can reach out to Deepti on LinkedIn.

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Episode 36 - Building a Culture of Continuous Discovery (with Cindy Alvarez)

Authors
Communication
Diversity & Inclusion
Product Principles
User Research
Women in Product
Episode 36 - Building a Culture of Continuous Discovery (with Cindy Alvarez)
19 Feb 2021
An interview with Cindy Alvarez. Cindy is Director of Customer Research at GitHub and the author of "Lean Customer Development", a book that aims to help you ensure that you build products customers actually want. We speak about the importance of customer interviews, how to run them effectively, and how to build a culture of Continuous Disovery.
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About the Episode

Cindy is Director of Customer Research at GitHub, the world's leading software development platform. Cindy has long experience in customer research with GitHub, Yammer, Microsoft and Kissmetrics. She also wrote the leading book on customer research, 2014's Lean Customer Development which aims to guide teams to build products their customers need.

We speak about a lot, including:

  • What it's like doing customer research with the world's largest community of software engineers
  • The importance of testing your customer interview questions and working out what does and doesn't work
  • The importance of empathy, keeping down-to-earth and being someone customers feel comfortable talking to
  • Whether a Bachelor's in Psychology helps her to play mind games with her subjects (mwahahaha)
  • Why she wrote the book, how she did it, and whether she's going to write another one
  • How to answer some of the common objections to customer interviews, and how ensure you can build a culture of speaking with customers directly
  • How to optimise for Continuous Discovery and ensure you get a flow of customer feedback and learning

And much more!

Buy Lean Customer Development

Lean Customer Development is a great book and you should pick it up wherever you get your books.

Contact Cindy

You can reach out to Cindy on LinkedIn or Twitter. You can also find her on www.cindyalvarez.com

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Episode 35 - Lifelong Learning for Product Managers (with Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia)

Authors
Diversity & Inclusion
Education
Lifelong Learning
Product Principles
Product School
Episode 35 - Lifelong Learning for Product Managers (with Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia)
16 Feb 2021
An interview with Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia. Carlos is a podcaster, author, Founder and CEO of Product School, the global Product Management community & the world's leading educational resource for Product Managers of all levels. We speak about what made him set up Product School, how he keeps ahead of the competition, his passion for lifelong learning and ensuring access for all, and commitment to diversity throughout his work.
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About Carlos (official bio!)

Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia is the Founder and CEO of Product School, the global leader in product management training with a community of over one million product professionals. Product School instructors are real-world Product Leaders working at top companies including Google, Facebook, Netflix, Airbnb, PayPal, Uber, and Amazon.

We talk about a lot, including:

  • How a lack of Product training resources when he started led him to start a Product Management training start up
  • How he fills his days at CEO of the largest Product Management learning community
  • How he ensures that, as the leading Product Management learning community, he isn't seen as all size, no quality
  • His passion for lifelong learning and giving away as much free content as possible
  • What led him to write The Product Book with Josh Anon and what he expected to achieve from it
  • How MBAs are great but they don't really prepare people to execute as Product Managers
  • His and Product School's commitment to inclusion & diversity on their team, their instructors and their attendees

And much more!

More about Carlos' work

Product School need no introduction, but you can visit the Product School website for more details on their courses as well as their free content.

If you want to get a copy of Carlos' debut book, go the Product Book website

Contact Carlos

You can catch up with Carlos on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Episode 34 - Product Management Lessons from a PM Turned Teacher Turned PM (with Melanie McKay)

Education
Product Leadership
Product Principles
Women in Product
Episode 34 - Product Management Lessons from a PM Turned Teacher Turned PM (with Melanie McKay)
13 Feb 2021
An interview with Melanie McKay. Melanie is Head of Consumer Product at Rightmove, the UK's largest property marketplace. I speak to Melanie about her journey into Product Management, her journey out of it into teaching computing to teenagers, and why she came back. She talks about some of the lessons she's learned in her career, her work with Product School, and much more.
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About the Episode

Melanie is the Head of Consumer Product at Rightmove, the UK's #1 property marketplace. She has worked in a number of Product Management roles, and took an interesting move into secondary school teaching in the middle. Since coming back to Product she's gone from strength to strength, including an appearance at Product School's ProductCon.

We talk about a lot, including:

  • How Product works at the biggest property marketplace in the UK and whether you get loads of weird requests you get when your TAM is pretty much the entire UK population
  • How she got into Product by mistake, and what she did to get good at it with no good information to lead her
  • Whether it is in fact harder for new PMs now because there is too much competing information for them
  • How her passion for education got her into teaching, how it was teaching computing to kids, and why she came back
  • What her experience of teaching taught her that she can use in her Product Management career
  • Getting involved with ProductCon and the importance of going outside of your comfort zone
  • Her well-received take on the classic PM Venn diagram, and how it's gone down with the PM community

And much more!

Melanie's work with Product School

You can check out Melanie's work with Product School, and her famous new Venn diagram here.

Contact Melanie

You can catch up with Melanie on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Episode 33 - Data-driven Product Delivery & Story Points on Everything (with James Rooney)

Product Delivery
Product Ops
Product Principles
Episode 33 - Data-driven Product Delivery & Story Points on Everything (with James Rooney)
10 Feb 2021
An interview with James Rooney. James is a Delivery Manager at Discovery Inc, working on VOD platforms and ensuring that his teams are able to work effectively and deliver constant value. James speaks about the way he approaches his work and how uses data to inform his delivery decisions. James believes you can use story points for everything and that they're going to save the world. He even takes his story point addiction to developing his budding music career!
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About the Episode

James is a Delivery Manager for Discovery Inc., a VOD entertainment platform. James is a passionate advocate for using story points for just about everything, and using data to inform delivery decisions. We speak about a few topics, including:

  • How to bring delivery together across multiple technical streams for a big media company
  • The interplay between Delivery and Product and the importance of a good Product Manager
  • How to get Product, Delivery & Engineering to work harmoniously
  • How story points can save the world and how to use them properly
  • Whether Scrum is any good and some of the ways to make it work for your business
  • The tricky balance between Product Delivery and fixing tech debt
  • How to use the data you already have to help inform future delivery decisions
  • How to use data to sell your message to the leadership team
  • How running a band and running Product Delivery are pretty similar

And much more!

Contact James

You can reach out to James on LinkedIn.

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Episode 32 - How to Build an Effective Product Organisation (with Marty Cagan)

Authors
Digital Transformation
Diversity & Inclusion
Product Leadership
Product Principles
Top 6
Episode 32 - How to Build an Effective Product Organisation (with Marty Cagan)
5 Feb 2021
Marty is a Silicon Valley veteran of Netscape, eBay and has helped over 100 companies do Product right with Silicon Valley Product Group. He also laid the groundwork for modern Product Management with his classic book "Inspired", explaining how to build great products customers love. Now he's back as co-author with new book "Empowered", which takes aim at creating and maintaining effective Product-led organisations.
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About the Episode

Marty is a renowned Product Management thought leader. He has had an illustrious career at Netscape, eBay, his own original startup (acquired by IBM) and then founding the Silicon Valley Product Group consultancy. He has worked with hundreds of companies to help them build products right. He's also a widely read blogger, and author of a best-selling book on how to build products; "Inspired - How to Create Tech Products Customers Love". Now he's back with co-author and SVPG partner Chris Jones, with "Empowered - Oridinary People, Extraordinary Products" which aims to do for organisations what Inspired did for teams.

I could have spoken to Marty for hours, but here are the highlights:

  • How come Marty started SVPG after working for some of the best tech companies
  • How he got good at Product, and the role of luck in that journey
  • Why he started blogging and how that helped him get his thoughts in order for his books
  • How he's such a Product Guy that he evens writes his books iteratively
  • How come the 2nd edition of Inspired was basically a total rewrite, and whether the 1st edition has anything useful in it
  • Some of the challenges that companies face when trying to be truly Product-led
  • What to do when your company really doesn't get Product
  • How to persuade the leadership team that maybe this stuff actually does work
  • Why he is so passionate about inclusion & diversity in tech, and how he's trying to help

And much more!

Read Marty's work

You can read Marty's blog here or follow him on Twitter.

Get the books!

Inspired

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Episode 31 - Scaling your Product Team with Product Operations (with Christine Itwaru)

Diversity & Inclusion
Lifelong Learning
Product Ops
Product Principles
Women in Product
Women in Product
Episode 31 - Scaling your Product Team with Product Operations (with Christine Itwaru)
3 Feb 2021
Christine is a problem-solving, Product-obsessed New Yorker who has swapped the Big Apple for the City of Oaks as Senior Director of Product Operations for Pendo. We talk about the fundamentals of Product Ops, how it works at Pendo, the types of people you need, what they can do for you, and when you need them.
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About the Episode

Christine is Senior Director of Product Operations at Pendo. Christine is a problem-solving, Product-obsessed New Yorker who has swapped the Big Apple for the City of Oaks as Senior Director of Product Operations for Pendo. We talk about the fundamentals of Product Ops, how it works at Pendo, the types of people you need, what they can do for you, and when you need them.

We talk about a lot:

  • How she traded the Big Apple for the City of Oaks, moving to Raleigh, North Carolina to work with Pendo
  • The exciting challenges and opportunities of working for a hypergrowth SaaS company
  • What Product Operations is and how it can help a company as it scales, and how Christine made it happen
  • The core skills and mindset needed to work in Product Operations
  • The difference between being data-driven & data-informed, or whether there's any difference at all
  • The importance of cross-functional communication for Product Ops, and Product teams in general
  • Some of the challenges being a woman in tech and how she's trying to help solve them

And much more!

Contact Christine

You can connect with Christine on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Episode 30 - How to Crack your Product Manager Career (with Jackie Bavaro)

Authors
Getting into Product
Product Leadership
Top 6
Women in Product
Episode 30 - How to Crack your Product Manager Career (with Jackie Bavaro)
30 Jan 2021
Jackie is formerly of Microsoft, Google and was the first Product hire at Asana. She's also the co-author of two fabulous books - "Cracking the PM Interview" and "Cracking the PM Career". We speak about her history in Product Management, why she wrote the books, and some great advice for all Product Managers to turbo-charge their careers.
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About the Episode

Jackie started her Product Management career as a Program Manager at Microsoft, before joining Google's Associate Product Manager programme and then getting hired as the first Product Manager at Asana. Back in 2013, she collaborated with Gayle McDowell to write the best-selling book "Cracking the PM Interview", which inspired a generation of Product Managers to get their first jobs. Jackie and Gayle are back with "Cracking the PM Career" which explains how to get good at it once you're in.

Understandably, we cover a lot, including:

  • How Jackie got into Product in the first place, and why Microsoft calls Product Managers Program Managers
  • The pros and cons of working for Google versus a new startup
  • How she met and decided to collaborate with Gayle McDowell and how they write together
  • How the FAANG companies reacted to her giving away all their secrets
  • Excellent advice on how to make an impact in your new PM job
  • How to avoid the dreaded Feature Factory, build a strategy and sell it
  • Why it's important to look outside your Product bubble for inspiration

And much more!

Contact Jackie

You can connect with Jackie on Twitter or find her on Medium.

Get the books!

You know it makes sense.. go and get 'em!

Cracking the PM Interview

Cracking the PM Career

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Episode 29 - Redefining Product-Led Growth (with Heather James)

Foundership
Networking
Product Principles
Product-Led Growth
Women in Product
Episode 29 - Redefining Product-Led Growth (with Heather James)
27 Jan 2021
An interview with Heather James, passionate advocate for Product-Led Growth and Founder of the Product-Led Alliance. We talk about Heather's background in both events and Product Management, and how she was inspired to combine the two and form the Product-Led Alliance. We talk about what being Product-Led means to Heather, why she's so passionate about it, how the PLA can help, and much more.
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About the Episode

Heather is the Founder of The Product-Led Alliance, providing a community, events and materials fora community of passionate product professionals, obsessed with Product-Led Growth. We talk about...

  • What the Product-Led Alliance is and what it offers
  • Why Heather is so passionate about Product-Led Growth and some of the challenges in getting there
  • How she defines Product-Led Growth and how it differs from the dictionary definition
  • What made her start the Product-Led Alliance when she did
  • How a community with so much free content pays the bills
  • How they had to pivot because of COVID-19
  • What makes her most proud of the Product-Led Alliance so far
  • Future ambitions to take over the world
  • Shock horror ... a rival podcast! mumble grumble

And much more!

Contact Heather

You can reach out to Heather on LinkedIn, on the Slack community or via email.

The Product-Led Alliance

You can check out some of the PLA's content on the PLA website.

Once you've run out of my episodes you can go and listen to their podcast For the Love of Product.

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Episode 28 - Product Management in Lockdown & the Perils of Hustle Culture (with Jack Stevens)

Mental Health
Top 6
Work / life balance
Episode 28 - Product Management in Lockdown & the Perils of Hustle Culture (with Jack Stevens)
24 Jan 2021
An interview with Jack Stevens, Senior Product Manager at Publicis Sapient. At the height of the UK's first lockdown, Jack was included in a BBC article "Stress, burnout and redundancy: Tough times in IT" where he spoke about the toxic narrative that we could all get more done from home. We speak about how he got into the article, the reaction to it, his aversion for hustle culture, how his company supported him, and much more.
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About the Episode

Jack is Senior Product Manager for Publicis Sapient, a product consultancy that helps large companies with their digital transformation. Aside from his day job working on a secret project that he can't tell us about, Jack was also featured in a BBC article last summer "Stress, burnout and redundancy: Tough times in IT". I spoke to Jack about a few things:

  • His work with Publicis Sapient and how they work really hard to be a flat, open company at scale
  • How SAFe and other scaled agile approaches (probably) can't work
  • How he got onto the BBC article in the first place, and how the reaction has been
  • How hustle culture is toxic, mainly a lie, and we just see the survivors who probably succeeded partially through luck
  • How it's OK for some people to just be OK and not everyone has to change the world to be successful
  • How his employer reacted after seeing the article, and the support they gave him
  • How personal hardship has driven his ambitions to work in financial services to ensure people have the right tools to make good financial decisions

And much more!

Contact Jack

You can reach out to Jack on LinkedIn.

Jack's article for Auntie

You can find Jack's BBC article and handsome photo on the BBC.

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Episode 27 - Product Marketing & the Importance of Pirate Metrics (with Abby Hehemann)

Product Marketing
Product-Led Growth
Women in Product
Episode 27 - Product Marketing & the Importance of Pirate Metrics (with Abby Hehemann)
20 Jan 2021
Abby is Senior Product Marketing Manager at GetResponse, and featured speaker at Product-Led Growth Hub. Abby is passionate about Product Management and Product-Led Growth and shares some of her experience and advice for product marketers trying to make an impact on their pirate metrics (AARRR!)
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About the Episode

Abby is Senior Product Marketing Manager for GetResponse, a full stack marketing platform. She's passionate about Product Management and Product-Led Growth, and using data to monitor and inform Product Marketing decisions. Abby is also a features speaker with Product-Led Growth Hub.

  • The role of Product Marketing and importance of getting close to the Product team
  • Pirate metrics (AARRR!) and how you can use them to monitor the health of your funnel
  • The concept of Product-Led Growth and how companies can take their first steps to being Product-Led
  • The importance of communication and collaboration between functions
  • How she got involved with Product-Led Growth hub and their future collaboration plans
  • Whether Product Marketing should report to the VP of Marketing or the VP of Product
  • Most importantly, whether you can get get good nachos in Poland

And much more!

Contact Abby

You can reach out to Abby on LinkedIn.

The April Dunford Fan Club

Both Abby and I are massive fans of April Dunford's work- you can pick up her book, Obviously Awesome and learn about product positioning from the best.

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Episode 26 - Empathy, Mentorship and The Importance of Diversity & Inclusion (with Ana Kresina)

Communication
Diversity & Inclusion
Mentorship
Women in Product
Episode 26 - Empathy, Mentorship and The Importance of Diversity & Inclusion (with Ana Kresina)
17 Jan 2021
Ana is a Product Manager at Redbubble and a self-declared vagabond. We talk about her journey into Product, how important it is to have mentorship, how you can build empathy, and how reviewing your communication skills is a must. We also talk about her passion for inclusion & diversity and some of the work that's left to do to build truly inclusive organisations.
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About the Episode

Ana is a self-described vagabond, a Canadian living in Australia, passionate Product Manager at Redbubble, a leading online art marketplace. We speak about the following and more:

  • Ana's journey into Product Management from Marketing via UX
  • The importance of guidance and mentorship at the early stages of a PM career
  • The importance of getting shots on goal early
  • Some of the systemic problems with returning to work after maternity leave
  • How we're pretty far from having acceptable diversity in tech & product, but at least the conversations have started

Contact Ana

You can reach out to Ana on LinkedIn or on Twitter.

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Episode 25 - Getting to Product/Market Fit and Building Effective Product Teams (with Harpal Singh)

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Digital Transformation
Product Principles
Startups
Episode 25 - Getting to Product/Market Fit and Building Effective Product Teams (with Harpal Singh)
13 Jan 2021
Harpal is an award-winning Product Consultant and Interim CPO. Harpal is passionate about Product/Market Fit and author of a new (free!) Product/Market Fit playbook. We talk about how to get to Product/Market Fit, why he decided to write a book about it, how that helped him test his assumptions, and much more.
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About the Episode

Harpal is an award-winning product consultant and interim CPO with long experience working with a variety of startups and helping them set up effective product teams and achieving Product/Market Fit. We talk about his journey and specifically:

  • The benefits of being a consultant and how it's helped him to be a better leader
  • His passion for Product/Market Fit and why he wrote a playbook on it
  • His ambitions for the book and how it's helped him challenge his assumptions
  • What Product/Market Fit really means, why it's not just about MVPs, and the concept of a "Hair On Fire" problem
  • The importance of Marketing when finding Product/Market Fit and not being led solely by technology
  • The variability of the Product Manager role between companies & the importance of a career plan
  • The perils of poor LinkedIn content

Contact Harpal

You can reach out to Harpal on LinkedIn.

Get the playbook

You can get Harpal's free e-book here: The Elusive Art And Science Of Finding Product/Market Fit.

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Episode 24 - Transforming companies & instilling a product mindset (with Dave Martin)

Digital Transformation
Education
Product Leadership
Product Principles
Roadmaps
Episode 24 - Transforming companies & instilling a product mindset (with Dave Martin)
10 Jan 2021
An interview with Dave Martin, Product Management coach and founder of consultancy Right To Left - working with companies to ensure they are building products the right way, getting the right kinds of Product Managers and instilling a solid product mindset into a company.
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About the Episode

Dave is a product leader with a strong history of transforming companies into effective product-focused organisations. Most recently, he's co-founder of consultancy Right to Left, where he takes some of his past learnings and pays them forward to the next generation of product-hungry companies.

We speak about a lot, including:

  • How he works with early to mid stage companies to transform them
  • The Product Management Health Check
  • How Product Managers must not be seen as mere requirements gatherers
  • The difference between different types of Product Manager, even within successful organisations
  • The challenges of moving from product management into product leadership
  • The importance of evidence in decision making

Take the free Product Management Healthcheck

The Product Management Healthcheck is a questionnaire that will help to identify your key strengths and areas for development. Balance in a PM career is so important... I'm far from the only person to think this but I did write a Medium article on the same subject.

Contact Dave

You can catch up with Dave on LinkedIn or Twitter

Find out more about Right to Left at their website: https://www.righttoleft.io.

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Episode 23 - Avoiding the agency trap & ADHD in Product (with Janna Bastow)

Diversity & Inclusion
Foundership
Neurodiversity
Product Principles
Roadmaps
Top 6
Women in Product
Episode 23 - Avoiding the agency trap & ADHD in Product (with Janna Bastow)
6 Jan 2021
Janna is co-founder of ProdPad and Mind the Product, and inventor of the Now/Next/Later roadmap. We talk about how ProdPad and Mind the Product got started, the perils of falling into the trap of being an agency instead of a product company. We also talk about being diagnosed with ADHD, what that means to her and some of the advantages and disadvantages the condition brings to Product Management.
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About the Episode

Janna is co-founder of ProdPad and Mind the Product, and inventor of the Now/Next/Later roadmap. We talk about a few things:

  • How ProdPad started as an idea to solve a problem for Janna in her Product Management job and became a company serving thousands of Product Managers
  • How date-based roadmaps are the devil and how to tackle management wanting false security
  • The perils of building features for clients, falling into the trap of being an agency instead of a product company, and never getting the chance to solve big problems
  • How Mind the Product started out and how they've pivoted to run successful events even in the middle of a pandemic (and how she misses a good flat white)
  • Janna's recent ADHD diagnosis, what that meant to her, how she's managing it, and some of the advantages and disadvantages the condition brings to Product Management

More about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

You can find out more about ADHD in many places on the internet, and get support for a diagnosis via your medical practioner just like Janna did. Here are a few uncurated links offering further information.

NHS.uk

CDC

ADHD Care Ltd

CHADD—Children and Adults with ADHD

Contact Janna

Janna loves talking to people about Product Management... you can reach out to her on LinkedIn, on Twitter, or via email

Other links

You can find out more about ProdPad, about the Mind the Product community or your local ProductTank.

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Episode 22 - Lifelong learning & the perils of time-based roadmaps (with Andrea Saez)

Growth Mindset
Lifelong Learning
Product Principles
Roadmaps
Women in Product
Episode 22 - Lifelong learning & the perils of time-based roadmaps (with Andrea Saez)
6 Jan 2021
Andrea works in Product Growth & Education for ProdPad. She's a lifelong learner, educator and advocate, looking to help Product Managers make good decisions. We talk about her journey into Product Management, why certifications aren't all that they cracked up to be and how Human Psychology helps make good product decisions.
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About the Episode

Andrea works in Product Growth & Education for ProdPad. She's a lifelong learner, educator and advocate, looking to help Product Managers make good decisions. We talk about her journey into Product Management, why certifications aren't all that they cracked up to be and how Human Psychology helps make good product decisions. We talk about:

  • How Andrea got into Product Management after being the first person to ask her boss "why?"
  • Why Customer Support staff are ideally placed to become Product Managers
  • How Andrea stays motivated during all of her social media product management advocacy, and how she loves Mondays
  • Why date-based roadmaps are the devil and why management want them because of Previous Product Trauma
  • How Product need to take more responsibility when Sales make a commitment
  • Why certifications aren't really worth much without follow on experience

And much more!

Contact Andrea

You can reach out to Andrea on LinkedIn or on Twitter.

Other links

You can find out more about ProdPad.

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Episode 21 - Managing Tension in Product Management (with Marc Abraham)

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Mental Health
Product Leadership
Episode 21 - Managing Tension in Product Management (with Marc Abraham)
3 Jan 2021
Marc is the Head of Product - Engagement for ASOS.com, author of two books on Product Management and co-curator with Mind the Product. I spoke to Marc about his journey into Product Management, his new book 'Managing Product = Managing Tension', and some great advice about navigating a career in Product.
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About the Episode

Marc is the Head of Product - Engagement for ASOS.com, author of two books on Product Management and co-curator with Mind the Product. I originally picked up Marc's first book, My Product Management Toolkit as I was looking for a good primer for people transferring into my Product team from elsewhere in the business. I found the book a great primer and guide to product management. I was excited to see his new book come out, which covers a lot more around the psychology of Product.

I spoke to Marc about his journey into Product Management, his new book 'Managing Product = Managing Tension', and some great advice about navigating a career in Product. Marc also gives some excellent advice for Product Leaders (or aspiring Product Leaders) and ways that they can create psychological safety for their teams. As a keen boxer, Marc is also a massive advocate for using exercise to help work out some of the tensions of product management.

Competition

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Managing Product = Managing Tension, simply use the social share buttons above to share the link to the episode with your social network of choice. Make sure it's a public post, and include the hashtag #oneknightinproduct. I'll pick a random winner on Sun 17th January 2021

Buy Marc's stuff

Find Marc's books here:

Managing Product = Managing Tension

My Product Management Toolkit

Contact Marc

You can catch up with Marc on LinkedIn or Twitter

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Episode 20 - Product Processes & the Importance of Work / Life Balance (with Busayomi Omotosho)

Product Principles
Technical Product Management
Women in Product
Work / life balance
Episode 20 - Product Processes & the Importance of Work / Life Balance (with Busayomi Omotosho)
30 Dec 2020
An interview with Busayomi Omotosho, Product Manager at Softcom. Busayomi speaks to me about Softcom's mission to connect consumers to businesses across Africa, her past working in LegalTech, how you need to apply efficient processes to Product Management, the importance of work / life balance and much more.
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An interview with Busayomi Omotosho, Product Manager at Softcom. Busayomi speaks to me about Softcom's mission to connect consumers to businesses across Africa, her past working in LegalTech, how you need to apply efficient processes to Product Management, the importance of work / life balance and much more.
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Episode 19 - Growing a PM career & the importance of side hustles (with Victoria Tkatch)

Foundership
Growth Mindset
Lifelong Learning
Women in Product
Episode 19 - Growing a PM career & the importance of side hustles (with Victoria Tkatch)
20 Dec 2020
An interview with Victoria Tkatch, Senior Product Manager at Sonos. Victoria is an ambitious, driven professional, operating at a million miles an hour, and she's definitely going to be your boss one day. We talk about her journey to Sonos via her own nutrition startup, her plans for the future and how she manages to keep 3 (UPDATE: 4!) side hustles going.
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About the Episode

Victoria is am ambitious, high growth Product professional on an upwards trajectory and she's definitely going to be your boss one day.

We talk about lots of things, including:

  • Getting into Sonos and the difference between hardware and software product management
  • Her journey into Product Management from founding a nutrition startup
  • How her FOMO has led her to create 4 side hustles - testing and learning and iterating like a pro!
  • Her leadership ambitions and how she wants to grow her Product career
  • Her advice for people wanting to get into Product Management from a standing start
  • Her complete inability to remember Marty Cagan's name

Victoria's book

Victoria is canvassing feedback for her new book idea - Technology Fundamentals for Product Managers - "Tech 101, minus the coding" - go check it out.

Contact Victoria

You can catch up with Victoria on LinkedIn or check out her YouTube Channel.

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Episode 18 - Technical Product Management & the importance of mentorship (with Mark Yamashita)

Education
Product Leadership
Technical Product Management
Episode 18 - Technical Product Management & the importance of mentorship (with Mark Yamashita)
13 Dec 2020
An interview with Mark Yamashita, Technical Product Director at Sensibill, a fintech company that means you never have to worry about expense forms again. Mark moved into Product Management from working on supercomputers and compilers, via an MBA. We talk about how technical PMs should keep away from solutioneering, how education & mentoring are so important for PMs, as well as why "Singin' in the Rain" is basically the Lean Startup
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An interview with Mark Yamashita, Technical Product Director at Sensibill, a fintech company that means you never have to worry about expense forms again. Mark moved into Product Management from working on supercomputers and compilers, via an MBA. We talk about how technical PMs should keep away from solutioneering, how education & mentoring are so important for PMs, as well as why "Singin' in the Rain" is basically the Lean Startup
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Episode 17 - API Product Management & mountain climbing as a metaphor (with Elina Sokolovska)

API Product Management
Mentorship
Women in Product
Episode 17 - API Product Management & mountain climbing as a metaphor (with Elina Sokolovska)
6 Dec 2020
An interview with Elina Sokolovska, Product Manager at Flux, an exciting fintech startup working with some big retailers via their API. Elina talks about how she loves integrations and API Product Management, as well as her addiction to startup culture, and how mountain climbing has taught her strength in the face of adversity.
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An interview with Elina Sokolovska, Product Manager at Flux, an exciting fintech startup working with some big retailers via their API. Elina talks about how she loves integrations and API Product Management, as well as her addiction to startup culture, and how mountain climbing has taught her strength in the face of adversity.
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Episode 16 - AI Product Management & The Importance of Communication (with Mark Graham)

AI Product Management
Project Management
Startups
Episode 16 - AI Product Management & The Importance of Communication (with Mark Graham)
29 Nov 2020
An interview with Mark Graham, Lead Product Manager at Sharktower, working with some smart data scientists to revolutionise project management software. We talk about the importance of communication in Product Management, how Product Management is similar to Football Management, and much more.
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An interview with Mark Graham, Lead Product Manager at Sharktower, working with some smart data scientists to revolutionise project management software. We talk about the importance of communication in Product Management, how Product Management is similar to Football Management, and much more.
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Episode 15 - Entrepreneurship & being a founder (with Matt Wilkinson)

Entrepreneurship
Foundership
Startups
Episode 15 - Entrepreneurship & being a founder (with Matt Wilkinson)
22 Nov 2020
An interview with Matt Wilkinson, founder of Zenquiries, an early stage startup focusing on helpdesk integrations with Shopify. Matt talks about his journey from an Economics degree into company foundership via a career in mobile development, and why he's currently "eating glass & staring into the abyss".
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An interview with Matt Wilkinson, founder of Zenquiries, an early stage startup focusing on helpdesk integrations with Shopify. Matt talks about his journey from an Economics degree into company foundership via a career in mobile development, and why he's currently "eating glass & staring into the abyss".
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Episode 14 - The role of education in leadership (with Mac Maistrelli)

Education
Engineering
Growth Mindset
Lifelong Learning
Episode 14 - The role of education in leadership (with Mac Maistrelli)
15 Nov 2020
An interview with Mac Maistrelli, engineering leader with a strong background in education with the Council of Europe - passionate about creating high-performing teams, ensuring psychological safety, and creating a learning environment and getting the best out of his team.
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Episode 13 - Building inclusive products for all (with Nidhi Wadmark)

Diversity & Inclusion
Neurodiversity
Women in Product
Episode 13 - Building inclusive products for all (with Nidhi Wadmark)
8 Nov 2020
An interview with Nidhi Wadmark, Product Manager with PayPal, Women in Product Chapter lead and Global Awareness Lead for Thrive, PayPal's neurodiversity and disability awareness Employee Group. Nidhi is passionate about amplifying the voice of women in tech and product as well as ensuring diversity across the board to ensure we make better product decisions.
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An interview with Nidhi Wadmark, Product Manager with PayPal, Women in Product Chapter lead and Global Awareness Lead for Thrive, PayPal's neurodiversity and disability awareness Employee Group. Nidhi is passionate about amplifying the voice of women in tech and product as well as ensuring diversity across the board to ensure we make better product decisions.
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Episode 12 - Making yourself heard in the workplace (with Priyanka Naik)

Diversity & Inclusion
Networking
Neurodiversity
Women in Product
Episode 12 - Making yourself heard in the workplace (with Priyanka Naik)
8 Nov 2020
An interview with Priyanka Naik, Growth Product Manager with Advarisk and Women in Finance Top 100. Priyanka is a fearless advocate of speaking up, marketing yourself, and supporter of gender and neuro diversity. She talks about some of the challenges she's faced in a male-dominated working culture, and some of the approaches she's taken to stand out.
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An interview with Priyanka Naik, Growth Product Manager with Advarisk and Women in Finance Top 100. Priyanka is a fearless advocate of speaking up, marketing yourself, and supporter of gender and neuro diversity. She talks about some of the challenges she's faced in a male-dominated working culture, and some of the approaches she's taken to stand out.
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Episode 11 - Networking to start your Product career (with Anna Lieberman)

Getting into Product
Networking
Women in Product
Episode 11 - Networking to start your Product career (with Anna Lieberman)
8 Nov 2020
An interview with Anna Lieberman, an aspiring Product Manager already on her first side hustle. Anna is passionate about taking her first steps into Product, documenting her journey and benefitting from strong mentorship from other strong Women in Product.
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An interview with Anna Lieberman, an aspiring Product Manager already on her first side hustle. Anna is passionate about taking her first steps into Product, documenting her journey and benefitting from strong mentorship from other strong Women in Product.
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Episode 10 - Using your experience to teach the next generation (with Maanas Bukkuri)

Education
Growth Mindset
Lifelong Learning
Product School
Startups
Episode 10 - Using your experience to teach the next generation (with Maanas Bukkuri)
1 Nov 2020
An interview with Maanas Bukkuri, a passionate educator who started out in Engineering & QA before getting a taste for Product Management. Maanas has started teaching up-and-coming PMs via Product School and shares some of his thoughts about product management, continuously learning, and paying it forward to the next generation of Product Managers.
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An interview with Maanas Bukkuri, a passionate educator who started out in Engineering & QA before getting a taste for Product Management. Maanas has started teaching up-and-coming PMs via Product School and shares some of his thoughts about product management, continuously learning, and paying it forward to the next generation of Product Managers.
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Episode 9 - Putting users back at the heart of UX (with Dr Nick Fine)

Product Principles
UX
User Research
Episode 9 - Putting users back at the heart of UX (with Dr Nick Fine)
25 Oct 2020
An interview with Dr Nick Fine PhD, on a one-man mission to save UX by applying scientific thinking and reviving the controversial opinion that it should involve talking to users. We talk about all things UX and find out why Nick's work may have inadvertently inspired Cambridge Analytica.
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An interview with Dr Nick Fine PhD, on a one-man mission to save UX by applying scientific thinking and reviving the controversial opinion that it should involve talking to users. We talk about all things UX and find out why Nick's work may have inadvertently inspired Cambridge Analytica.
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Episode 8 - Being an AI Product Manager (with Pouya Jamshidiat)

AI Product Management
Authors
Episode 8 - Being an AI Product Manager (with Pouya Jamshidiat)
18 Oct 2020
An interview with Pouya Jamshidiat. Pouya is an author, AI expert and self-described Product Dude working in the exciting field of genomics. Pouya talks about how he got into Product Management, some of the things he's learned and approaches that he uses to be an effective Product Manager when everyone around you has a PhD.
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An interview with Pouya Jamshidiat. Pouya is an author, AI expert and self-described Product Dude working in the exciting field of genomics. Pouya talks about how he got into Product Management, some of the things he's learned and approaches that he uses to be an effective Product Manager when everyone around you has a PhD.
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Episode 7 - Getting started in Product (with Becca Vibert)

Education
Getting into Product
Networking
Product School
Women in Product
Episode 7 - Getting started in Product (with Becca Vibert)
11 Oct 2020
An interview with Becca Vibert, Product Manager at Fiit and Product School featured speaker. Becca talks about her journey into Product Management via setting up an educational startup in Hong Kong, what she's learned along the way and how she's trying to help those following behind her.
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An interview with Becca Vibert, Product Manager at Fiit and Product School featured speaker. Becca talks about her journey into Product Management via setting up an educational startup in Hong Kong, what she's learned along the way and how she's trying to help those following behind her.
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Episode 6 - Product leadership & how heroism doesn't scale (with Saeed Khan)

Digital Transformation
Product Leadership
Product Principles
Episode 6 - Product leadership & how heroism doesn't scale (with Saeed Khan)
4 Oct 2020
An interview with Saeed Khan, Product Leadership consultant, proud Canadian, builder of strong product organisations. Saeed talks about his long career in Product, how Product needs a seat at the executive table, and how some of the companies that look great on the outside are held together by sweat and toil and can never scale.
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An interview with Saeed Khan, Product Leadership consultant, proud Canadian, builder of strong product organisations. Saeed talks about his long career in Product, how Product needs a seat at the executive table, and how some of the companies that look great on the outside are held together by sweat and toil and can never scale.
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Episode 5 - How to do UX in sextech (with Anshuman Bagri)

Sextech
UX
User Research
Episode 5 - How to do UX in sextech (with Anshuman Bagri)
27 Sep 2020
An interview with Anshuman Bagri, merchandising tycoon (retired), top quality dancer and currently redefining UX for mobile-controlled sex toys. Ansh speaks about his passion for UX, the challenges and advantages of working in a taboo industry, and how you might try to explain it to your mum.
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Episode 4 - Networking, communication & growth mindset (with Kristy Olinger)

Education
Growth Mindset
Lifelong Learning
Networking
Women in Product
Episode 4 - Networking, communication & growth mindset (with Kristy Olinger)
20 Sep 2020
An interview with Kristy Olinger, credit card product manager, passionate relationship builder, co-host of The Opposite of Small Talk podcast, closet Patrick Dempsey fan. Kristy talks about why relationship-building is so important and why you should never be afraid in meetings to admit you don't know what the acronym means.
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About the Episode

Kristy is a growth-minded professional with a long career in credit card product management. I've always been terrified of the idea of product management involving physical things, but Kristy assures me that it's just as fun, if not more, as far as she's concerned. She spent a long time at Bank of America and is now working at a smaller bank, although smaller obviously still means they have loads of money in a massive vault.

Kristy also talks about her growth mindset, how she's never afraid to stick her hand up and say she doesn't know something (because half the time, no one knows) and why communication and networking are so important to developing a career.

Kristy is also the co-host of a The Opposite of Small Talk, a podcast for curious people. Go give it a listen!

Contact Kristy

You can catch up with Kristy on LinkedIn or her website.

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Episode 3 - Challenges & opportunities of autism in Product (with Marton Gaspar)

Autism
Diversity & Inclusion
Neurodiversity
Product Leadership
Top 6
Episode 3 - Challenges & opportunities of autism in Product (with Marton Gaspar)
13 Sep 2020
An interview with Marton Gaspar, neuro-atypical product leader, advocate for autism awareness in the workplace, producer of a literally secret sauce. Marton talks about some of the challenges and benefits of autism in the workplace, how colleagues and hiring managers tend to treat autistic candidates, and how neurotypical people seem to autistic people.
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About the Episode

Marton is a freelance product leader, expert in product discovery, and passionate advocate for neurodiversity in the workplace. I came to know of him after he put out a video on LinkedIn "Working with Autism - powers & challenges". We speak about a lot, including

  • What is autism and what is it not?
  • How a diagnosis of autism made so much sense
  • What made him make a video challenging our assumptions about autism
  • Some of the challenges of autism in the workplace
  • Dos and don'ts when dealing with autistic colleagues
  • An insight into how he views neurotypical people through the lens of autism

More info about autism

There's plenty of info about autism online. A few good charities or organisations include

National Autistic Society (UK)

Ambitious about Autism (UK)

Autism Canada (Canada)

Autism Society (US)

Contact Marton

You can reach out to Marton on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Watch Marton's video

You can see "Working with Autism - powers & challenges" here.

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Episode 2 - AI Product Management to shape the future of travel (with Deepak Paramanand)

AI Product Management
Episode 2 - AI Product Management to shape the future of travel (with Deepak Paramanand)
6 Sep 2020
Deepak is a champion marshmallow stacker, experienced product leader terrified of presenting to 10-year olds. Deepak was passionate about trains growing up in India, and is excited to be working in a startup within a big company, revolutioning transport technology by using AI for good.
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Deepak grew up in India with a deep love for trains, and is now working for Hitachi Europe on AI-powered travel solutions. I was initially thinking of Thomas the Tank Engine-style sentient trains (that still somehow needed human drivers) but they seem to be concentrating on more day-to-day uses cases at the moment. A man can dream though!

I was also interested in what it is like working for a very large corporation with a long history, as this doesn't seem to be the sort of thing that lends itself to fast iteration and agile methods, although apparently they've got that licked.

Deepak also speaks of his renowned ability to stack marshmallows, and why presenting to kids is far more terrifying that presenting to the C-suite.

Contact Deepak

You can catch up with Deepak on LinkedIn

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Episode 1 - Bitcoin, blockchain & smart contracts (with David Gerard)

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Episode 1 - Bitcoin, blockchain & smart contracts (with David Gerard)
29 Aug 2020
David is the author of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain and a leading commentator on Bitcoin, blockchain and related technologies. TL;DR David doesn't think that any of this stuff is any good, and that blockchain is a solution looking for a problem.
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About the Episode

David is the author of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts and, most recently, Libra Shrugged: How Facebook Tried to Take Over the Money.

I've actually known David for many years, having slouched around the London alternative scene with him in the early 2000s when we could both still hack the pace. These days, he's a systems administrator for a publishing company. He also spends an awful lot of time on Twitter refreshing the page and commenting on crypto topics. It's fair to say that he's a sceptic about all of this stuff ... he's not convinced that there's any real merit to Bitcoin as a currency, that business blockchains solve any problems that can't be solved in other, better ways, or that smart contracts are either smart or contracts.

Contact David

You can catch up with David on Twitter

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